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Meridian
The Awful Truth




Company: Victory
Release: 2014
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Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Catchiness and hooks



  • Poughkeepsie, NY hardcore unit Meridian's full length debut, 'Awful Truth', is a mix of hardcore, metal and pop punk elements. Mixed up together in a sonic brew, the sounds come together pretty well. For me, I was not particularly fond of the pop-punk parts as I've never been partial to that genre. However, there's no denying there is plenty of catchiness and hooks on this album that will get stuck in your head in the same way that a popcorn kernel gets lodged in your gums. Tracks like "Slither", "Slip Away" and "Set Free" have a distinct metal feel but focus more on poppy vocals. Most of the songs sound fairly similar as the album goes on, causing there to be a lack of change and soundscape. The album is comprised of eleven tracks but at times feels like one long track, broken up into eleven different parts. That being said however, some of the tracks are fairly decent and all of them are well-crafted and the lyrics are well written. Dealing with topics such as depression and child neglect, it's clear the band has a pulse on current issues and are not shy singing about serious topics. If the band can cut back on the pop vocals next time, I feel that they may be able to make the next step towards stepping out of the shadow of bands like New Found Glory or Good Charlotte. For me there just wasn't enough oomph on the album.



    Bandsite: https://www.facebook.com/MeridianNY
    Company Link: www.victoryrecords.com
    Cover Link: http://d3vgj9bg0vqpu3.cloudfront.net/albums/hires/VR711.jpg
    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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